WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama strongly condemned the killing of an American journalist, “the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the militant group, ISIL,” he said.
“Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away,” Obama said. Foley was taken hostage nearly two years ago in Syria, and he was "courageously reporting at the time on the conflict there,” he said.
“Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world,” the US President said after US officials assessed the video of the 40 - year- old journalist' killing as real. Obama spoke to the Foley' s family and told them that we are all heartbroken at their loss, and join them in honoring Jim and all that he did.
“Jim Foley's life stands in stark contrast to his killers. Let's be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages -- killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children, and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims -- both Sunni and Shia -- by the thousands.
They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can for no other reason than they practice a different religion. They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people.
“The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what's necessary to see that justice is done. And we act against ISIL, standing alongside others,” Obama said.
At the same time Obama said the people of Iraq, who with American support were taking the fight to ISIL, must continue coming together to expel these militants from their communities. The people of Syria, whose story Jim Foley told, do not deserve to live under the shadow of a tyrant or terrorists.
Friends and allies around the world, we share a common security and a common set of values that are rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday. And we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism, and replace it with a sense of hope and civility. And that's what Jim Foley stood for, a man who lived his work; who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings.